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Victory Fever on Guadalcanal

Japan's First Land Defeat of World War II
Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

Following their rampage through Southeast Asia and the Pacific in the five months after Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces moved into the Solomon Islands, intending to cut off the critical American supply line to Australia. But when they began to construct an airfield on Guadalcanal in July 1942, the Americans captured the almost completed airfield for their own strategic use. The Japanese Army countered by sending to Guadalcanal a reinforced battalion under the command of Col. Kiyonao Ichiki. The attack that followed would prove to be the first of four attempts by the Japanese over six months to retake the airfield, resulting in some of the most vicious fighting of the Pacific War.

During the initial battle on the night of August 20-21, 1942, Marines wiped out Ichiki's men, who - imbued with "victory fever" - had expected a quick and easy victory. William H. Bartsch draws on correspondence, interviews, diaries, memoirs, and official war records, including those translated from Japanese sources, to offer an intensely human narrative of the failed attempt to recapture Guadalcanal's vital airfield.

The book is published by Texas A&M University Press.

©2014 William H. Bartsch (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Bartsch succeeds in delivering another valuable glimpse into the lives of the average soldier. The depth of his research is on display throughout." (US Military Review)

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Well Researched!

The author clearly did a wonderful job researching this historical/non-fiction. There was so many details and very well written descriptions that displayed how the whole event when down. I will say that it's not my usual listen and it was a little hard to get into at first, simply because of the volume of details we are given; but once I got deep enough into it I was interested.

The narration was absolutely perfect for this type of book. Serious enough to display the tone of a historical but not monotonous like some documentary type narrations. Good differentiation between dialogue and the general narrative.

Great representation of this historical event.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Victory of a historical audio

This is a historical real life event audio. This took place during World War Two. The Japanese brought the Americans into World a World Two . This shows what happened when the Americans landed on a place way before the Japanese expected them . The Americans took the Japanese by surprise and it showed in the results after the battle .

Bill the narrator was phenomenal . He brought the story to life. He made this audio sound like you were at the place . His voice is strong and clear . You get pulled into the story

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  • KD
  • 16-01-19

Interesting piece of human history

Interesting piece of history

Knowledge is power. I would never think i would be interested in this, but you know it’s nice when discover something you wouldn’t bother with before and end up finding really interesting. It’s nice to strike gold like this sometimes

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  • Donald H
  • 20-12-18

Both very well-written and very well-researched

I truly enjoyed this audiobook. The author has done a great job in not only his writing but in his research of the battle of Guadalcanal which followed the Pearl Harbor attack.

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  • Christine Newton
  • 19-12-18

Detailed account of a specific wartime event

I'm thinking that this book will either be very satisfying to you as a reader, or somewhat frustrating. It will satisfy readers who are looking for lots of details about Guadalcanal and it will satisfy readers who have previous knowledge of the topic and are curious about learning additional information to add layers to their mental pictures of this Battle. On the other hand, I can definitely see how this book might be frustrating for other types of readers, who will have 'trouble seeing the forest for all the trees'. They might have wanted to develop a general understanding of what Guadalcanal was all about, why it happened, the consequences, and so on, without all of the dizzying facts and statistics. Also, these readers might have been looking for more of an emotional-based immersive narrative, perhaps focusing on fewer specific individuals, but giving us a stronger sense of how these guys were feeling during their experience. Different types of expectations from readers, requiring very different writing styles. I honestly think that it would be very challenging for a writer to satisfy the needs of both of these types of audiences in a single book...but.... if you're mindful of this, then this audiobook is worthwhile to listen to.

I'm a newbie on this topic (motivated by a recent episode of Dan Carlin's 'Hardcore History' podcast), so I'm one of the ones who initially felt overwhelmed by the details. However, I realized that if I didn't concentrate on trying to remember or contextualize each new detail, then it freed my mind to listen more broadly to the overall story. With repeat listens of this audiobook, I'm confident that more and more details will fall into place with less effort.

I have two laments about the book. First, especially for newbies like me, I wish I had a map or two to refer to while listening to the story. It's a trade-off with audiobooks - flexibility to listen anytime/anywhere but.... it's only audio, no other supporting medium. I really would like to see the industry address this somehow in the future. In the meantime, no map of Guadalcanal to help me figure out how the chess pieces were moving on the board. Second, it becomes evident early in the audiobook that the personnel on the ground were using faulty maps themselves, so they often thought they were at River A when in fact they were at River B (and so on). My second lament is about the distraction every time the narrator would name a place where the soldiers thought they were, and every single time he would immediately indicate where the soldiers actually were. Perhaps in print format it's less distracting but I found it to be somewhat distracting in audiobook format as the narrator made the continual parenthetical corrections to their geographic orientation.

The narrator was effective. His voice was mostly dispassionate, doing a serviceable job of getting through the details (and there are a lot, particularly in the first two hours of the audiobook!). (I just had a spontaneous mental image of the Professor from Gilligan's Island, for some reason - understated and competent...).

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • SunsetSam
  • 18-12-18

We owe a lot to the greatest generation

What a tough bunch of men. Imagine landing on an island full of enemy soldiers with have one goal to kill you and keep you from taking the island. That was Guadalcanal. They were dropped off by landing craft and it was unknown how many Japanese soldiers were on the island. They had no real idea what the fortifications were as well; much less hiding

The ships that dropped them off could not stay around for fear of having to engage the Japanese fleet so they were pretty much on their own with limited supplies such as food and ammunition even medical gear was limited..

This is their story. The people in it are real and the things happened as depicted. The fighting was brutal, Close quarters and in some cases hand to hand; many died on both sides from wounds and disease

This is a good book if you want to begin to understand some of the more significant battles of the 2nd world war and about the generation that fought in it. Few are left and we lose more each year. I enjoyed the book a great deal. It was educational, interesting and it made me feel very grateful and thankful we have people like this protecting ourselves in our nation. Willing to lay their lives on the line for us

The narrator book Bill Nevitt did a very good job his dictation was clear and understandable. I was given this book by the author to review and my opinions are honest and my own if I like it I will say so, if I do not like it I will say why I did not like it

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  • Rayc
  • 16-12-18

Lest We Forget History

Victory Fever on Guadalcanal: Japan's First Land Defeat of World War II... This is a well written and deeply researched piece of history. It gives a blow by blow account of this relatively small but important first defeat for the imperial Japanese army.
It is very informative and highlight the personal costs of the battle.
Beautifully narrated by Bill Nevitt, Who manages that blend between history and remembrance of the marines who lost their lives there.
A must read for anyone who is interested in WW2 history.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Prairie Beauty
  • 09-12-18

VICTORY FEVER ON GUADALCANAL

A HISTORY OF WW2, ANOTHER GREAT HISTORY AUDIO THAT IS SURE TO INSPIRE THE YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE!

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  • Roger & Jean Fauble
  • 07-12-18

Good read

My first read/listen from author William H. Bartsch was not my typical read. A non-fiction work detailing Japan’s first land defeat of World War II. Highly detailed & well-written, this book may not be for everyone but I found it enjoyable. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Cycletrash56
  • 26-11-18

Detailed Account of Specific Battle in the Pacific

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of Victory Fever on Guadalcanal; Japan's First Land Defeat of World War II, by William H. Bartsch and narrated by Bill Nevitt. This was a great history lesson. It is told in great detail so if you are a detail orientated person this will be the story for you. There was a lot of research put into this book for the author to be able to relate the personal experiences of the people who fought in this battle. The narrator did a great job, of course! It was easy to listen to, filled with facts and details, and provided some insights into the nasty business of war.

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  • Jan
  • 21-11-18

Excellent study

USMC, military-history, World-War-ll, Pacific-Theater-of-Operations, historical-research, historical-places-events

Eight months after the declaration of war on Japan by the United States, USMC green recruits, capable NCOs, and few officers were able to best determined Japanese forces on Guadalcanal in the Battle of Tenaru. This book is a detailed account of the events leading up to the battle and accounts obtained from records from each side and from survivors who were still alive at the time of research. The in depth meticulous research done by the author is clearly in evidence, and the value of the body of work to active duty military is clearly apparent.
Will I get in trouble if I mention its value to history buffs and RPG players?
I had to get an audio copy because my print copy was liberated by USMC grandson.
Bill Nevitt continues to be excellent as narrator for study subjects.

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  • lappins678
  • 19-11-18

WWII novel of Guadalcanal battle

This is not the type of story I usually listen. It is a very detailed version of a battle between US Marines and Japanese soldiers on Guadalcanal which was the first time Japan lost a land battle in WWII. Bill Nevitt, the narrator, brought to life the vivid images of what was an incredibly scary night for the young and untested marines. It also gives insight into the Japanese perspective and their experiences. If you enjoy novels about WWII, you should like this book.